11/12/2016. A scrapbook displaying years of Aryan Nations membership.
"I was a member of Aryan Nations from 1985 to 1995. I rose to the rank of staff leader or chief of staff (number two under Pastor Butler).
I worked for the Daily Bee at the time, a Bonner County newspaper. When that incident happened at Ruby Ridge, I was there covering the story. All the Aryan Nations folks showed up, including Pastor Butler. They were all hugging me and greeted me like family. That night, when I went to the editorial dept to pick up some paperwork, the editor Dave Keys asked me what my association was. He had noticed my relationship was more than casual, he said. I told him I was second in command… he about crapped. But, because of my relationships formed within the media and Aryan Nations, I was able to get the best press pass."
Tim soon earned dual membership by being recruited as the new Grand Dragon for the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 1988 (dual membership between the KKK and Aryan Nations). The following year, he took the position of Grand Dragon with the White Knights of the KKK in Kansas City “they wanted me for my association with Aryan Nations.
I tried to make things more political and had some success, but that all went away when I quit Aryan Nations. After I resigned, I attended a few congresses, but everything that I fixed was broken. When my wife and I moved back to Kansas in 95, that all went away. It felt like all the time I spent, the time I took away from my family was for nothing.”